Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Armenian Spinach Puffs

No, I haven't snuck off to Armenia while you weren't looking (though it's on my list). However, for a couple of days we've had a lovely Armenian-American girl visiting, and I asked her if there was any Armenian cookery she could teach me while she was here.

This is what we made - and they were very tasty. It's similar to the Greek dish spanakopita, which I've always enjoyed.

Armenian spinach puffs

I'm sure someone more dedicated than me would learn to make the filo pastry, but since it's so easy to buy frozen and ready-rolled, I'm afraid I took the lazy option.

Armenian Spinach Puffs
Makes 18

1/2 a small onion
250g frozen spinach
2 eggs
75g feta cheese
18 frozen filo pastry sheets (each 25cm square)
20g butter
olive oil
salt to taste
  1. Defrost the spinach and pastry sheets, dice the onion into small pieces, and crumble the feta cheese.

  2. Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and sautee the onion, then add the spinach and cook over a low heat.

  3. Break both eggs into the pan, and stir through the spinach mixture. Cook for a further five minutes before removing from the heat.

  4. Drain any excess liquid from the spinach mixture, and add the feta.

  5. Melt the butter (a few seconds in the microwave should be enough).

  6. Take one square of filo pastry, and brush the middle third with butter. Fold the pastry sheet into thirds (so you have a long rectangle of triple-thickness pastry).

  7. Place a generous teaspoon-full of the spinach filling at one end of the pastry.

  8. Fold a corner of the pastry to form a triangle enclosing the filling. Continue to fold, until you have a triangular parcel.


  9. Seal the end of the parcel with a little butter, and brush more butter onto both sides of the parcel.

  10. Repeat steps 6-9 for the remaining filo sheets, until you have 18 triangles.

  11. Arrange the triangles on a baking sheet (greased, or lined with a non-stick liner) and bake at 160°C for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned.


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Christine said...

These look yummy and super easy to make! Thanks for the recipe!

LambAround said...

I'm going to have to give these a try. They look delicious! :)

Travis Erwin said...

I can dig the Armenian part it's the spinach that frightens this carnivore.

cornflakegirl74 said...

Wow, these look awesome! Thanks for the recipe :)

Anonymous said...

I love this recipe. I've worked with this dough before and I'm always happy with the results.

Writing Without Periods! said...

I love spinach. Have to try. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

nyum nyum nyum!

Bitsy Baby Photography said...

these make me want breakfast already, though my breakfast won't be this involved unfortunately...more like eggs with a little spinach thrown in for good measure but this recipe looks delish =) have a beautiful day!

The Good Cook said...

They look exactly like spanikopita - the recipe is similar too. Absolutely delicious!

Deirdre said...

Oooh, thanks for posting this. I definitely want to try it! Sounds and looks DELICIOUS!!!

In other news... I put up a "Puppies" section on my site so you can see my Babies. :)

Take care.

The Blonde Duck said...

I LOVE the greek version so I know I'd love this.

Pico de gallo is chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro in lime juice and vinegar. It's like a really chunky salsa that's light and fresh.

The Blonde Duck said...

I LOVE the greek version so I know I'd love this.

Pico de gallo is chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro in lime juice and vinegar. It's like a really chunky salsa that's light and fresh.

MJ said...

If I could cook, I'm sure I'd be more cultural and stuff. As it is, I'll just have to live through your posts!

Kazzy said...

Mmmmm, they look like samosas. I have never made this kind of food before.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I would never judge you for the premade dough. Those look yummy!

Fly Girl said...

Those do look like the Greek pastries that are so tasty. I never imagined that they'd be so easy to make.

Dave King said...

Look delicious. I could lunch off a few of those!

Kristin said...

What a most perfect little appetizer!

Crystal Escobar said...

Yum, that looks so good, and they don't look too hard to make, even I could probably make them :) I think I'm going to have to give it a try.
Thanks for posting the ingredients.

Jeanie said...

Hi, Rachel --

Thanks for visiting The Marmelade Gypsy! It's been fun looking at your different posts, but when I saw this, I had to stop and comment right away! These look fabulous!

Bethsy Harrigan said...

Where does the cheese come in?

Rachel Cotterill said...

Bethsy, it's in step 4, you crumble it into the cooked spinach before you start wrapping it into the pastries.

Bethsy Harrigan said...

I realized that after I posted the comment

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